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TEAM

Sarah Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations

 

Sarah Roxburgh became co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. She has led VLS through several capacity-building initiatives, including with Social Innovation Forum (2014), the Nonprofit Learning Institute (2016), and Social Venture Partners, Boston (2018-2021). Sarah has served on Social Innovation Forum’s Alumni Council, which helps identify gaps in support for nonprofits. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

 

Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Anna Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel

 

Anna Richardson became co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court and was also a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women in the Law" honoree. In addition to her legal work at VLS, Anna has led trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Angie Vargas Martin, Esq.
Pro Bono Director

 

Angie Vargas Martin directs VLS's pro bono network, which features 200-plus volunteer attorneys from around the state. She has practiced public interest law, advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2008. Angie also serves as the organization's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) officer, spearheading internal and external DEIB trainings and initiatives.

 

Angie has worked as a staff attorney at the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and at the Disability Law Center (DLC). She spent almost 9 years at DLC, advocating for Massachusetts residents with mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities in cases involving abuse & neglect, human rights, housing, and employment discrimination.

 

Angie received her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Eve Elliott, Esq.
Director of Law Student, Co-op, and Fellowship Programs & Senior Staff Attorney

 

Eve Elliott first joined VLS as a Law Student Advocate in 2010 and then as a Staff Attorney in 2013. She specializes in a variety of civil matters, including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer debt. Eve coordinates VLS's legal clinics at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center, in Bedford, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, and the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court, in Dedham. She also oversees VLS's student and fellowship programs.

Eve is a regularly featured panelist on Boston Bar Association webinars for attorneys and law students.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company.

Julie Frohlich, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Julie Frohlich draws upon decades of civil trial experience to assist homeless and low-income veterans in a range of civil legal practice areas, including landlord/tenant law, family law, and benefits. Julie spent years as a solo and small-firm practitioner in addition to 17 years practicing at Goulston & Storrs, the last 13 years as a partner, and 2 years at Hale and Dorr. Prior to private practice, Julie clerked for Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also spent 16 years as a volunteer attorney for the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, at Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House shelters.

 

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review, and received a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. She has held leadership positions in the legal community, including with the Boston Bar Association and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, and has frequently lectured and written on litigation issues. 

Heather Rick
Business Manager & Program Data Analyst

 

Heather Rick began with VLS handling veteran triage, drawing on her experience and training as an interfaith chaplain to create a welcoming and compassionate environment for veterans seeking legal services. Heather now brings her knowledge of VLS's infrastructure and work flow processes to VLS's business management and program data needs.

 

She earned an A.S. in paralegal studies from Mount Wachusett Community College, a B.A. in religion from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in religion and pop culture in the United States. 

Scott Pitta, Esq.
Staff Attorney

 

Scott Pitta is a US Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from late 2003 until early 2005 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, he worked as a helicopter pilot for various federal government contractors and as an emergency medical helicopter captain.
 

Scott earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2020 as a distinguished graduate of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program. Scott brings experience representing clients in various probate and family court cases, as well as administrative cases. He holds a Master’s of Aeronautical/Astronautical Science and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot.  

Hayden Latimer-Ireland
Member, ALA-Massachusetts
 

Hayden Latimer-Ireland is serving at Veterans Legal Services during her one-year term as a member of the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts), supporting the legal services team with general client advocacy tasks. Hayden grew up in Somerville, MA, and graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College in May 2022.

 

While completing her undergraduate studies, Hayden spent two years working in her university's legal services office. Her experience sparked her interest in civil legal aid work. She is excited to advance her passion and expertise in leveraging the law as a tool to improve people’s lives throughout her service period with VLS and beyond.

Owen Kasmin
Eligibility & Outreach Specialist

 

Owen Kasmin is in his third year at Northeastern University, pursuing a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in Jewish Studies. He was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. 

 

Owen is committed to civil service, as he is an Eagle Scout and is routinely involved in Northeastern's Student Government Association. Veterans Legal Services was the perfect fit for his first co-op experience, where he can join a team devoted to helping veterans most in need. He plans on pursuing a career in law and hopes that his experience with VLS will help develop a passion for legal aid.

LAW STUDENT & VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES

Jenna Dwy

Law Student Advocate

Jenna is in her second year of studies at Suffolk University Law School. She is from Middlebury, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with B.A. degrees in Disability Studies and Human Rights in May 2019.  

 

Jenna entered law school to help people navigate complex legal issues that involve the most essential and intimate aspects of our lives, such as housing, health insurance coverage, and access to education. She has a strong interest in intersectional disability rights advocacy and using the law to create an inclusive and diverse society. Jenna respects the contributions that veterans have made for our country and is grateful for the opportunity to thank them for their service through her work at VLS.

Sean Morrissey

Law Student Advocate

Sean currently serves as a Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserves. Prior to entering law school at Suffolk University, Sean served four years active duty in the Coast Guard. Serving aboard two different cutters, Sean's missions ranged from fisheries enforcement in the North Atlantic to drug interdiction in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

 

Sean combines his love of service and passion for helping veterans by serving as the President of the Suffolk Law Veterans Association. He graduated with bachelors degrees in Economics and History from St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT. He is a native of upstate New York. 

Nicholas Wainwright

Law Student Advocate

Nick Wainwright is in his second year of studies at Boston University School of Law. He is from Pembroke, Massachusetts, and graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in International Studies/Political Science and History from the Virginia Military Institute. Nick is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he supports the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. Prior to studying law at Boston University and joining VLS, Nick worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a general management consultant in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Nick is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to his community and to support veterans in his home state of Massachusetts.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FELLOWS

Pamela Meister, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Pamela Meister is an Access to Justice Fellow who works with VLS, primarily on policy issues. She retired from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) in 2015. While at BORIM, she prosecuted complaints of physician misconduct and represented the Board in complex administrative proceedings. She also advised staff concerning privacy laws and public records.

 

Pamela spent 12 years as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, specializing in elder and consumer matters. She managed a U.S. Department of Justice grant to train law enforcement officials and advocates to better identify, investigate and prosecute elder abuse. She headed a multidisciplinary team that developed statewide conferences and drafted elder policies for police departments. Pamela is a frequent speaker on elder and consumer issues and recipient of an Attorney General Award for Excellence.

 

Earlier in her legal career, Pamela was a trial attorney in the Civil Division, Torts Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she defended the government in multi-million dollar toxic tort cases. She also worked in private practice in Massachusetts and Texas. Pamela has served on the boards of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation. She is active in her local Historical Commission and Historical Society.

Michelle Wolf, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Michelle Wolf is a 2022-2023 Lawyers Clearinghouse Access to Justice Fellow and is working with VLS to explore the possibility of tapping the vast Boston-area medical community to provide free or low-cost independent medical opinions to support veterans seeking disability benefits from the VA and educate attorneys and clients about how to collaborate with medical personnel most effectively.
 

Michelle spent the first 20 years of her legal career as a health care lawyer, and in 2012 she opened her own law practice focusing exclusively on representing veterans and their
families seeking disability and survivors’ benefits from the VA. She has singlehandedly helped more than 60 clients and secured well over $1.5 million in benefits for them. Michelle is also an active member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates and the Boston Bar Association’s Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum.

 

Michelle received a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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